It might get messier still. Yahoo's Jason Cole, citing a source familiar with the case, reported that the Raiders plan to cooperate with the NFL's investigation of Cable because "Oakland owner Al Davis is hoping to gather enough information to fire Cable with cause at the end of the season so that Davis doesn't have to pay Cable."
Cable, who went 4-8 as Oakland's interim head coach last season, was officially named head coach in the offseason and given a two-year contract with two additional option years.
Earlier Tuesday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the NFL had begun evaluating whether Cable required mandatory counseling. According to Mortensen, the evaluation process, which falls under the umbrella of the NFL's strict personal conduct policy, was focusing on Cable's training-camp skirmish with Hanson.
Hanson alleged that Cable broke his jaw during a fight at the team's Napa, Calif., training camp headquarters. A police investigation into the matter ended on Oct. 22 when Napa district attorney Gary Lieberstein announced that no charges would be filed against Cable.
Less than a month later, a report on ESPN's Outside the Lines included allegations from both Cable's first wife and his recent girlfriend that Cable had physically abused them during their relationships. Shortly thereafter, Cable released a statement that admitted he had slapped his ex-wife, Sandy.
And while the NFL's main focus appears to be on the Cable-Hanson incident, NFL.com's Jason La Canfora points out that the personal conduct policy allows for further investigation of Hanson's past as well. The Raiders have already said that they will engage in a "serious evaluation" of the physical abuse claims against Cable. The National Organization for Women (NOW) called for Cable's immediate suspension following the Outside the Lines segment.
"This is the National Football League. Boys and girls around the country, as well as many women, look to the leaders of the NFL as our role models," NOW president Terry O'Neill said to the Associated Press. "Why would the NFL tolerate having a man who admits to having battered his wife."
On top of all of this, there is still the possibility that Cable could face disciplinary action -- a suspension or fine -- from the NFL, despite the lack of criminal charges.